Sometimes taxonomists create new names for groups that already have a name. They may do this because they are unaware of the original name, or they may think the organism before them belongs to a different group when in fact it does not. If two or more names are found to apply to the same group, they are considered synonyms. In most cases, the first name takes priority and is considered to be the valid or accepted name. However, there can be exceptions, and it's not always easy to determine which of a series of synonyms should be considered valid or accepted. Here we list the synonyms provided to EOL by our classification partners. We also include other versions of the name that most likely refer to the same group, for example, misspellings in the literature or different variations of the authorship associated with the name.

Preferred marks the preferred name from each source.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Name Relationship
Alestiidae Preferred
Alestiinae Other, see comments

NCBI Taxonomy

Name Relationship
Alestidae Preferred
Alestiidae Synonym
Alestinae Misspelling


Name Relationship
Alestidae Preferred
Brachyalestes Günther, 1864
Clupeopetersius Pellegrin 1928
Alestobrycon Hoedeman, 1951
Hydrocionichthys Travassos 1952
Petersialestes Hoedeman 1951
Rhabdopetersius Hoedeman 1951
Microlepidalestes Hoedeman 1951
Hemigrammalestes Pellegrin 1926
Alestogrammus Hoedeman 1951
Alestiops Hoedeman 1951
Miletes Heckel in Russegger, 1849
Myletes Cuvier 1814
Hydrocyon Cuvier, 1819
Myteles Jarocki 1822
Nannopetersius Hoedeman 1951


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